Living in a Shoe Box

I was looking on google, for no particular reason for `shoe box art’. As a kid I used to  attempt making little doll houses out of them. I had many doll houses – that deserves another post altogether. And even now when I buy shoes and return home with a box that looks  sturdy and (pretty) hopeful, I wonder if I should do some shoe box art and craft.
I am hence, so pleased to have stumbled upon the Shoe Box Living – Through the eyes of a child. A project where 125 children ages 8-10 were given a shoe box each and asked to recreate their bedroom, or a room from their home and write a few sentences about it. Coming from London’s most deprived areas, they portray their voices in work that is moving and vulnerable and sweet, funny and achingly sad, this project has really touched my heart.
A number of artists were also roped in to do the same, and what they recreated is some amazing stuff… I would like for you to get a little glimpse of what has really made my day today.. :) I hope it makes yours!
visit shoeboxart here.
Damien Hirst
by one of the children who participated


  1. Andrea June 29, 2010

    Thank you for posting this! What a lovely project, really touching as you said.
    Keep up the blog, love it, you have a great eye and appreciation for things!

  2. GB June 29, 2010

    They’re all so creative- we try to re-use shoeboxes for storage-cover with pretty paper-its a great solution for kid clutter. :) Nice post, Neha.

  3. Sharon Colaco D'Souza June 30, 2010

    Loved the bedroom with the auntie pic:) How cute!

  4. Neha Ramabhadran June 30, 2010

    Thanks Andrea, keep dropping by! :)
    GB- Thanks! I used to also cover boxes up in pretty paper to re-use.. but lately it requires too much patience and effort I think. Need to go shoe shopping then, to start on the project again 😉
    Sharon – I know! Make sure to check out the website.. they have lots of very cute ones! :)

  5. m.fay July 1, 2010

    love this, fun post indeed!


    stop by and say hi, hope you do. xo


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